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Subject: What is your best Black Fig that Tastes Good and Grows Fast...??? Replies: 19
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,644
 
Seems like Col de Dame Noir would do well for you in Fresno and it is a fast grower.
RDB is very fast grower and a great choice ,tends to be small to medium size with a big taste and early.

Subject: Do we really need another SIP tutorial?? Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,203
 
Danny ,just a thought about your mobile fig orchard.
I recently saw a photo on someone's food blog. It was at Luckett vineyards in Nova Scotia ; fig tree on a pallet , in a large harvest bin ,like you might see for apples or in this case, grapes.
Very mobile if you have a tractor with pallet forks , no blow over problems ,plenty of root space  , sub irrigated or not . For storage , store the whole thing or have smaller pots ,with holes in the sides, planted in the container ,that can be dug out each year , making storage easier.
Marius posted ( or maybe paully posted about his visit to Marius) pictures of a large bin he made that is similar to this idea they use at Luckett vineyards.
Sorry, pictures of a nice flat field like that ,get my farmer thoughts going.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Noire de Caromb fig Replies: 40
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,990
 
Dennis ,
Saw that today at Agway , but I thought it was the wrong thing because it wasn't the 5-2-3 analysis you mentioned.
Good to know it is easy to find for a trial.
Thanks for the picture.

Subject: Noire de Caromb fig Replies: 40
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,990
 
Any specific brand of liquid organic fertilizer Dennis ?

Subject: Let's give BLB (Barry) a big dose of holiday cheer Replies: 46
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,185
 
Get well soon Barry

Subject: In ground trial: Florea (Two leaf shapes) Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,812
 
Much to my dismay , I seem to be the source of the mislabeled plant that I sold to Andy and Brent as Florea.
I still haven't figured out exactly how it came about but if you bought or traded for a Florea plant ,in a 5 inch pot ,from me in 2013 you most likely have a fig like what Brent has posted.
If you got Florea as cuttings or in a larger pot from me then you have the real deal ,but the one batch in 5 inch pots which were not from cuttings from my own tree are the ones that are different.
Most of them were sold here in NH locally , but contact me if you are someone who got a 5 inch pot "Florea" and we'll work something out to your satisfaction.

Brent , I'm glad you think it is better than Florea.
Thanks for your detective work in figuring this out and stopping the spread of a wrongly labeled Florea.
I have more of these in 5 inch pots , so hopefully we can pin down the real ID eventually and not just have to call them another unknown.

Subject: New Presentation on Container Figs Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,546
 
Hi Damir ,
I've been using Bill's system for several years with a soil mix basically like Pro Mix BX with Mycorrhizae , http://www.pthorticulture.com/en/pro-mix-bx-mycorrhizae-growing-medium/  , to which I add compost up to 20% of the mix and various organic fertilizers. The pro mix wicks well for the SIP and doesn't hold too much moisture.
An old post by forum member Duane ( he only has a couple of posts , so it should be easy to find) , may have some info on soil mixes for this system.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: how to deal with scales Replies: 16
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Susan ,
How much are you diluting the rubbing alcohol ?

Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,160
 
Thanks for everyone's input on this ID.
I have another Scott's Black that didn't fruit this season , but I don't remember it being as exceptional tasting (though it was very good) or productive as this version.
Could just be age or difference in amount of sun or variation in soil mix/fertilizer  or this particular season , etc...that accounts for the quality.
This version also ripened fruit well in the cool weather , so it gets bumped up to a 25 gallon SIP next season.
I'd like to get Scott's Yellow eventually , but I'm thankful I got this good of a fig by mistake .
Thanks again.


Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,160
 
Hi noss ,
No the skin isn't tan at all.
I blame the camera if you see tan.
I am sure the camera would blame me.

Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,160
 
This fig has turned out to be very, very good.
Here are some more pics of fruit and leaves.
Can anyone say for certain that it is LSU Scott's Black from these photos ?

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Thanks for any help with this.


Subject: Best early ripening, prolific figs Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,512
 
For excellent and early and productive , I'm with Martin on Ronde de Bordeaux.
For very good and early and productive  , Florea and Marseilles Black VS as well as others.

Subject: What was your best light fig of 2013? Replies: 56
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,617
 
JH Adriatic was the very best.
Conadria from EL was surprisingly good when fully ripe.

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,249
 
Here are a few photos of the greenhouse JH Adriatic figs that didn't get eaten right away, because I hid them for a few minutes in order to take pictures.
Taste was beyond exceptional and they could have been even more ripe.
Martin would jump for joy with a taste of these.

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Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,160
 
Well it ain't yellow.
But it is delicious !
Scott's Black ?
Here is a photo of what my plant from JR turned out to be.

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Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,170
 
Thanks for everyone's input.
I tried to get a note to my source of the second set of pics to see what info he has.
Is it me or does Feigenbaum's leaf pic look more like my second set of pics ?

Subject: Negretta-fig of the day Replies: 37
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,694
 
Thanks Martin. 
It looks like mine is the same as Marius version.

Both look like beautiful figs.
Thanks Marius for pics and flavor rating of Unkown Negretta.

Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,170
 
I have two L D'A plants from different very good and reliable sources.
Are they both L D'A ?


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Subject: Negretta-fig of the day Replies: 37
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,694
 
Martin ,
Could you post pictures of your Negretta leaves ?
Or do yours look the same as what Tam posted ?
Tried to look at your previous pots on Negretta , but pics have been removed.
Looks like I have Unknown Negretta rather than Negretta , but just want to be sure.
 Thanks .

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,249
 
Thanks Martin.
I can picture now letting it develop some width instead of just going for a more flat espaliered shape.
This is its second season in the greenhouse , it was planted as a 1 year old whip last year.

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,249
 
In the middle of a small retail greenhouse at work , I planted a JH Adriatic in a large pot as a point of interest for customers wanting to grow figs.
I shaped it mainly to get it above the general bench height in the gh , so it can be surrounded by plants for sale on the benches without being in the way
My initial idea was to have 2 arms follow the bracing on the post that it is placed against , but now I'm undecided.
Any recommendations for shaping would be appreciated.
Martin , you are always good at this.  Even though it is not a dark fig , what would you do ?
And don't tell me one cut at the soil surface would do the trick.
Thanks,
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Subject: difference b/t Adriatic JH and Adriatic Replies: 79
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 9,913
 
Trying to attach pics again.

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Subject: difference b/t Adriatic JH and Adriatic Replies: 79
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 9,913
 
Here are the leaf forms I see on my plants.

If I can swing by work , I'll get some photos of the young JH Adriatic at the GH there and start a new post to get some input on best way to continue with shaping that tree.

Leaf on the right is the dominant form this time of year on 2.5 to 3 year old plants.

Subject: Lebanese Red Replies: 64
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,955
 
Bass ,
When can I come over for breakfast ?

Subject: difference b/t Adriatic JH and Adriatic Replies: 79
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 9,913
 
Tam ,
Those are KK's photos.
I will post some pics of the leaves on my plants later today. Also have a JH Adr. growing at the small GH where I work and wanted to get some input from Martin and others on shaping recommendations for that tree.
This time of year my plants show the more complex leaf form ,although you find the single and 3 lobe forms on all plants as well.
I know with complete certainty that mine are the real JH Adriatic. 


Subject: Bethlehem Black Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 999
 
Mike , I believe you are correct , I think it survives in Bethlehem , PA with no protection.
Maybe Bass will weigh in if that is not right.

Subject: Bethlehem Black Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 999
 
I'm really glad that Bass found this one and made it available.

Mike , I thought your description was better.

Subject: Bethlehem Black Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 999
 
Mike ,
This one does very well for me up here in NH and is one of my favorites.
Here it has sweetness, and a rich and complex mix of flavors that linger on the taste buds.
Productive as well.


Subject: Figs and boiled peanuts Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 877
 
Sounds like a great combo.
I grew up eating boiled peanuts and I tried to introduce boiled peanuts to lots of people here in NH.
Even tried calling them Southern edamame to get people to give them a try.
In general it wasn't the big hit I had hoped it would be , but I did find some folks who loved them.


Subject: Happy Birthday, George (Gorgi)! Replies: 33
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,056
 
Happy Birthday George !

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux sale Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,928
 
Dale ,
Make that drive.
You'll be very glad you did even if it is just for the older RDB.

Subject: Atreano Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 663
 
Donna,
Your green thumb is showing , from cutting to fruit in the first season.
I've found that Atreano is best tasting for me when it turns more yellowish and develops lots of skin cracks.
More than any other variety that I've tried  , Atreano needs to be very very ripe to show its best flavor.
Last year I was happiest with the taste when I waited until it was what I thought was dead ripe and then waited another week before picking it !

Subject: 10 different figs Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,116
 
Great info and what a display of self control.
If it was me ,when faced with a group of figs like that , they would be gone too quickly to organize such beautiful photos !
 

Subject: Lost tag - ID help Replies: 1
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 337
 
Maybe this plant is too young to tell , but anyone recognize these leaves ? Tag was lost and I can't match it clearly to any of potential mother plants here.
Maybe Malta Black ?
Need help from the ID experts.
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Subject: Plz welcome the youngest future fig fanatic! Replies: 54
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,331
 
She is a beautiful miracle !

Subject: My first fig of the year- Col de Dame Grise Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,941
 
That's a great fig to start the season !

Subject: Happy Birthday to Montserrat Pons and me. Replies: 7
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 524
 
Happy Birthday to Montserrat and Eden.
All the best to you both !

Subject: Random pictures of the fig jungle Replies: 31
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,410
 
Really great looking plants !
So tomatoes are allowed to live in the fig jungle ?

Subject: Pictorial: The 5 Minute Mini SIP Replies: 116
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 7,919
 
Frank ,
What a great adaptation of a proven growing system.
I think I will try this on some Summer cuttings.
Thanks for posting this now.


 

Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 7,717
 
Martin ,
just stay away from your potted trees if you have the power hedge trimmer going.

Subject: On a Rainy Day Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 992
 
Beautiful job Mike.
A real pleasure to see what you've done there.
Maybe I'd better give up the drivewayfarmer name !

Subject: Fig Leaves Edible Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,674
 
Recently I was talking to a woman who saw one of my fig trees and started saying in her country they dried and crushed or powdered the leaves and then used as a seasoning in some dishes.
I spoke to her only briefly and didn't get a chance to ask where she was from . I would have guessed India , but somehow I think that might be incorrect.
She was very excited to see them in NH and I expect she may be back to buy a fig mainly for the leaves. I'll be sure to get more info if that happens.

Subject: LSU Fig field day..... Replies: 43
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,164
 
Sounds great , wish I could get there.
Hope you all have a great time !
Is this a yearly event or something new they have started doing ?

Subject: Hose recommendations Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,102
 
I've always had the best results with Flexogen hoses.

Subject: First Fig Getting Ready for Me Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 914
 
I knew I never should have left Georgia !

Subject: Protecting a fig Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,966
 
Vince , 
Are these something like what you referred to in post #19 ?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blossom-Tree-Fruit-Protector/339812169362502

Subject: Perlite Trommel Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,184
 
Great idea. Best system I've seen for screening perlite !

Subject: haven't seen jen in awhile? Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,080
 
Jose ,
Nice to see you posting again.
Best of luck with your new 3 acres and additional fig orchard.
Hope it is nearby your existing one.

Subject: I have moved to the lazy side.... Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 978
 
That's not lazy , that is smart.


Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,160
 
I told some members I would post photos of the New Brandy/Scott's Yellow that I got from JR .
It has leafed out faster than many of my figs and shows a little breba formation.
For those who are better than me at leaf ID I took enough leaf shots to show most of the variation in shape of the young leaves.
Don't expect to ID it right away unless it is obviously something else. Will update when the fruit ripens.
Can't compare it to my Scott's Black , it was cut back hard and has only tiny leaves at this point.

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